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Poe to Manila Water: Explain supply crisis

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By Marie P. Ruiz

Senator Grace Poe says Water concessionaire Manila Water has to fully explain why their customers are suffering a water supply shortage.

Poe wonders why all of a sudden almost half of Metro Manila experienced a dearth in water supply when water level in Angat Dam ,is still at normal level.

In an interview in Bataan province, Poe said ” Malaki ang dapat ieksplika ng Manila Water dito sa krisis na ito. Three weeks ago, walang abiso at hindi ramdam na magkukulang ang tubig. Tapos bigla na lang magigising ka na wala na? Tama ba naman yon?”

Manila Water earlier blamed the low water level in La Mesa Dam and the drought as the reasons for the diminishing water supply.

Poe said during the scheduled senate probe on the water shortage next week, the Committee on public services, which she chairs, will also ask what contributed to the delays in completing projects such as a treatment plant in Cardona, Rizal that would have addressed demand problems.

She said “Alam naman natin pagdating ng Marso, may El Nino man o wala, talagang madalang ang ulan…Hindi ba nila naisip na dadami ang tao? Andiyan naman ang tubig e. “Yun ay imprastraktura na pananagutan ng Manila Water. Yun siguro ang ating iimbestigahan at tatanungin.”

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